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In the wake of police killings, Bernie Sanders calls for criminal justice reform

In the wake of two separate police shootings captured on video that resulted in the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile – two African American men who appeared to not pose an immediate threat to the officers.

In the wake of two separate police shootings captured on video that resulted in the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile – two African American men who appeared to not pose an immediate threat to officers — presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took to Twitter and called for lawmakers to get on the ball when it comes to criminal justice reform.

Soon after video emerged showing Tuesday’s police killing of Alton Sterling outside a Baton Rouge, Louisiana liquor store, a live video appeared on Facebook (which the social media platform later deleted) showing the death of Philando Castile, who was shot by police while reaching for his ID.

“We need real criminal justice reform so that people can walk down the street without worrying about whether they’ll get harassed or shot,” Sanders tweeted.

“As South Carolina Rep. Wendell Gilliard proclaimed: ‘Enough is enough of our police officers targeting people of color,'” he said in another post.

In the case of Sterling, he was in possession of a firearm at the time of the shooting, but the video and witness accounts suggest that at no time did he brandish or pull out the weapon in a manner that would justify his death. At the time of Castile’s death, he was carrying a gun that he had a permit for and even informed the officer beforehand that he was armed as he reached for his wallet.

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